Over the course of nearly 30 years, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc. have done much-praised analysis, research and writing about state and local governments. They are nationally-known authorities in performance management, budgeting and finance; human resources, procurement; tax systems, health management and policy, pensions, infrastructure, contracting, civics education and a host of other topics.

Described by Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine as "by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance," they pioneered "grading the cities, counties and states" in management. In early 2020, their new book, "Making Government Work: The Promises and Pitfalls of Performance-Informed Management," was published by Rowman & Littlefield. This is the first volume of a five-book Barrett and Greene series, with the second volume focused on the public sector workforce.

Otherwise, the couple are currently engaged as:

  • Senior Advisers and columnists for Route Fifty

  • Special Project Consultants at the Volcker Alliance, where they have helped research and write a series of reports examining and evaluating states across a wide range of topics

  • Fellows at the National Academy of Public Administration

  • Chair of the Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (Richard Greene)

  • Senior advisers at the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago

  • Visiting Fellows at the IBM Center for the Business of Government

  • Advisers to the National Association of State Personnel Executives

  • Columnists for IPMA-HR’s quarterly publication, Public Personnel Management

  • Advisers and columnists for the Government Finance Officers Association's Government Finance Review

  • Consultants to the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

One of Barrett and Greene’s most significant contributions was as founders of the Government Performance Project, which was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and published in Governing Magazine. Through a rigorous combination of academic and journalistic approaches, it regularly evaluated the management capacity of all fifty states. and occasionally, the largest cities and counties in America.

Over the course of years, Barrett and Greene have served in an advisory or contractual capacity to many organizations central to the study of states and localities. For example, they have:

  • Served as columnists and the authors of multiple features about government management for Governing Magazine. Two of these columns each month were also sent out in the form of an e-newsletter.

  • Provided additional support to Governing as senior fellows at the Governing Institute, where they helped identify and make arrangements with scores of speakers and moderated a number of panels.

  • Worked as contractors, over a thirteen-year span, for the Pew Charitable Trusts, developing hundreds of new ideas and over a dozen major reports.

  • Written, for several years, a bi-monthly column for the Council of State Governments, where they served as senior fellows and made contributions to a number of projects including the research and writing for CSG’s ground-breaking report about civic education in America.

  • Provided a series of blog items for the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where they were senior fellows for several years.

Finally, they have made contributions of note to the National League of Cities, the Urban
Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Association of Government
Accountants, the National Association of State Chief Administrators, and others, much of it pro-bono.

They have been speakers at dozens of conferences over the years, most recently including those hosted by the Wyoming Business Alliance, the University of Illinois Urban Forum; the
University of North Carolina’s MPA Program; NIGP: The Institute of Public Procurement; the
Consortium of University Public Service Organizations; the Council of State Governments; the National Center for State Courts; the Volcker Alliance in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank at Atlanta. The team were moderators and panelists at several NAPA events. They also made an address, (a Presidential Panel), at ASPA’s 2018 Annual Conference and were panelists at the ASPA Annual Conference in March 2019.

Barrett and Greene have received multiple awards for their work, including: the designation of finalist, on two occasions, for the National Magazine Awards; the Amos Tuck award from Dartmouth College, two awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism from the New York Society of CPAs, the Children's Choice award from the International Reading Association, the Washington Monthly Journalism award; the Folio Editorial Excellence award; and the Excellence in Health Care Reporting award presented by the National Institute of Health Care Management.


They have two grown children, Benjamin and Sandra.

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